Lisa McCafferty, R.S., MPH
Public Health Director


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1062 State Route 38
PO Box 120
Owego, NY 13827

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Healthy Neighborhoods Program

How Safe Is Your Home?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety.  An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!

 Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Each year more than 12,500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and over 4,000 women die from the disease. Thanks to preventative measures and early detection, there has been a continued decrease in cervical cancer deaths each year.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that can, in many cases, lead to cervical cancer. Preventing HPV can be done by being vaccinated against the multiple strands of HPV that cause cervical cancer. Tioga County Supervising Public Health Nurse, Mel Miller recommends that “Parents start the HPV vaccine series for boys and girls ages 11 or 12 years old to make sure their children are protected from HPV before they are exposed to the virus. We put our seat belts on before we drive the highway, not after we have an accident, and protecting our kids before there is exposure is kind of the same idea.” While vaccinating against HPV should occur at ages 11-12, the vaccine can be given anywhere from age 9 – 26.

A cervical screening test, also known as a Pap test or Pap smear, is important for early detection of pre-cancer cells in the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. Females have Pap tests every 1 – 3 years, starting at 21 years old and continue to receive them until they are 65. If you are overdue for a Pap test or have never had one done, it is recommended that you schedule your next appointment as soon as possible. Early detection can mean a better outcome!

Do you have questions about the HPV vaccine or the cervical screening test? Contact Tioga County Public Health Nursing at 607-687-8600 (option 3) or check us out on Facebook! Additional information can be found at

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